The tents have disappeared from Lincoln Center, the models have gone off to Europe and little evidence remains of New York Fashion Week. From the midst of more familiar names, there were some new lines with noteworthy presentations. One of those was Tia Cibani, 2013 Fashion Group Rising Star winner, who presented her Spring 2014 collection at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea.
What began as a trip to Mexico for a friend’s wedding, became the inspiration for her third collection. The multi–color, confetti-strewn space, detailed with hand-painted installation runway and seating, provided the perfect backdrop for Ms. Cibani’s whimsical, delicately colored, feminine collection.
With intricately woven ribbons blended in the hair of the models and a subtle mix of soft and intense color, influences of Frida Kahlo could be seen throughout the presentation.
A basic black and white beginning to the presentation quickly revealed the attention Ms. Cibani paid to each fabric choice. Graceful eyelets combined with textured, black jacquard fabrics in feminine, layered silhouettes, appealed to both the eye and touch. Small waists, fitted bodices and full skirts gave a distinctly 1940s look to the lightly sculpted pieces. Old school pleating leant authenticity, while asymmetrical hemlines added modernity to classic shapes.
Whimsical “confetti” fabrics, prints and jacquards, in lightly tapered pants, high waisted skirts and fitted dres
Her unique styling, quirky aesthet
Available at tiacibani.com.
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